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The Legislature Could Consider Several Options to Protect Consumers from Unregulated Internet Poker, Report No. 09-39, November 2009
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- Florida law allows poker games at licensed parimutuel
facilities but does not address Internet
poker. Federal law prohibits Internet gambling of
any type; however more than 2,000 websites exist
and many allow United States residents, including
Floridians, to gamble online. Several factors may
affect the future of Internet gambling. Pending
federal legislation that seeks to license and
regulate Internet gambling would reverse current
U.S. law. In addition, advocates interpret a recent
decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd
Circuit to suggest that intrastate Internet gambling
already may be legal.
- If the Legislature wishes to provide consumer
protections for Internet poker, it could consider
three options: (1) maintain the status quo and
monitor federal legislation that would establish a
federal licensing system; (2) adopt laws that
would prohibit Internet poker; or (3) adopt laws to
authorize and regulate intrastate Internet poker.
There are advantages and disadvantages
associated with each of these options.
Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?
Pari-mutuel Wagering Regulation
What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?
- Report No. 13-02 Lottery Revenue Has Increased Over the Past Year; Options Remain to Enhance Transfers,published in January 2013.
- Report No. 12-05 Recovery Expected in Lottery Revenue; Options Remain to Enhance Transfers,published in February 2012.
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